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president obama is once again a president-elect. he wins a decisive victory against former massachusetts governor mitt romney, beating him with 303 electoral votes compared to romney's 206. most notable is the fact that obama carried just about all of the so-called swing states that many considered were up in the air, including ohio, colorado, nevada, wisconsin, and, of course, virginia, which he won narrowly. >> florida is actually considered too close to call. although more than 97% of the precincts are reporting, and president obama does have a lead in that state. the only state that obama lost this year but won in 2008 were indiana and north carolina. still, the swing state sweep gave obama a huge advantage, with experts calling the race in obama's favor once the votes for ohio came in around 11:30 last night. supporters joined both candidates as the votes came in last night with mitt romney's supporters in massachusetts and obama's supporters in chicago. >> that's where tracie potts is back with a look back on what ended up not being such a long night. >> reporter: we weren't even s
? >> thank you, tom. >>> this morning there is a lot to look back on from president obama's victory last night. the country and the world watched as votes came in, and we saw state after state turn blue in terms of those -- the states that were in question, the toss-up states, as it were. tracie potts is in chicago where things have quieted down after an electrified crowd really lit up the place in chicago. tracie? >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from chicago. we weren't even sure we'd have an answer for you this morning. the race is so close. there are still major states outstanding as of early this morning. we do now know president obama won the 270-plus electoral votes needed to win this very close race. >> sorry about that. we're having trouble with tracie potts' story. we'll get to that later in the broadcast. >>> tim kaine will be virginia's next senator. he defeated republican george allen 53%-47%. megan mcgrath is live at tim kaine's headquarters with more. >> reporter: we're live at kaine headquarters in alexandria, virginia. you can see the homemade signs on the store fron
. ahead, the message he had for president obama. >> ahead, how exactly the president took the race and who drove him to victory. plus a big celebration in maryland. voters made history. voters doing something that's never been done before. and rolling the dice in maryland, a casino on the potomac is a go. we'll tell you what's next on the project. >>> from this morning on election day with all there is to talk about, by the end of the day, it could be the weather dominating the conversation. >> it seems to be the case here a lot lately. we're about to get our first taste of winter weather this season. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is tracking it. tom? >> right now we have the first winter weather advisory of the season issued for our region. all the areas in light blue, carrollton, baltimore, northeastern maryland and parts of eastern pennsylvania could get up to four inches of snow later today. closer to washington, we're not going to have that much. right now all this coming from a coastal area of low pressure way off the atlantic seaboard. it is pushing rain inland, and we are
're nice and clear. >> thank you, danella. >>> at 6:02, president obama and mitt romney now have just hours to convince undecided voters to support them. it appears every vote will count in this hotly contested election. the race is a virtual tie according to the final, nbc news/wall street journal poll. the president leads his republican rival 48%-47% among likely voters. that is well within the poll's margin of error. >> the race is just as tight in virginia. president obama leads mitt romney by 1% in the same poll. that's also within the margin of error. the president holds a super slim half point lead in the real clear politics of average. the candidates will face six battleground states. president obama travels to ohio, wisconsin, and iowa. mitt romney will campaign in ohio today as well and make two stops in virginia, including one this afternoon at george mason university. the republican presidential nominee will also hold rallies in florida and new hampshire. both candidates are making their closing arguments to voters. >> ultimately, it's up to you. you have the power. you will be
: in virginia, he spoke up for president obama, trying to soften up a critical swing state. >> we made real progress, virginia. >> reporter: governor mitt romney trying to hold down iowa, a battleground state where he has fallen five points in the latest polls. >> with the vote of the people of iowa, we can't lose. >> reporter: the candidates cross paths within hours of each other as they barn stormed iowa and six other tossup states. making the final arguments in the last weekend of this campaign. the president was joined by musicians john mellencamp and katy perry, mitt romney got a boost from richard petty. >> this is what you hear when you're in a nascar race, right, richard? >> reporter: the candidates are just beginning their blitz of the battleground states. governor romney, campaigning later today in pennsylvania. 20 electoral votes thought to be in president obama's column, but republicans say are up for grabs. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> this election season has had its share of surprises. one of which is hurricane sandy. "meet the press" moderator david gregory says pr
is not change. >> the latest "des moines register" poll has romney leading obama in the hawkeye state. >>> and later, the team is set to wear throwback uniforms from the 1937 redskins, the year the team boved from boston to d.c. and won their first championship. part of the annual homecoming game. helmets are designed to look like old-school leather. the redskins kick off against the panthers at 1:00. >> i really like the look. i know you're going to the game. so jealous. >>> 6:08 the time right now. good sunday morning. coming up next in the half hour of news 4 today. >> live from democracy plaza with moderator of "meet the press" david gregory. >> and how long the cool temperatures will last. storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell has your sunday forecast next. anncr: it's said that character is what we do... when we think no one is looking. mitt romney: believe that they are victims. anncr: mitt romney thought no one was looking when... he attacked forty-seven percent of americans. his companies shipped jobs overseas. his plan cuts millionaires' taxes, but raises yours. he'll vouche
in the new york area. in the meantime, president obama saw the damage on the jersey shore firsthand yesterday. during that tour, the president pledged federal support for the long haul. >> pepco says it's restored power to all of its customers affected by sand dominion hopes to do the same by tonight. about 1,700 of its customers are still in the dark. that number was over 3,000 just a few hours ago. more than 4,000 bge homes and businesses in our area have no electricity. most of them are in anne arundel county. novak is working to restore four a little more than 250 customers. >>> some students will have another day. in anne arundel county four schools are closed. chapel forge early childhood center in prince george's county is also without power, as is lewis town elementary in frederick county, maryland, and all schools in pendleton county, west virginia, are closed because of power outage issues. >>> time for weather and traffic. tom kierein, you're talking about falling back and falling down. it has been a busy weather week for you. >> for all of us. it's been an amazing team effort. we
that ended his career. >>> mitt romney opens up and takes a swing at the obama campaign. what romney now says was the difference in the presidential election. good morning and welcome to news 4 today. i'm eun yang. >> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. it's thursday, november 15th. and you're waking up to another chilly morning. get used to it. seems like these cold temperatures starting to settle in for good. >> 6:00 a.m. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. tom, what is going on? >> hot pwefrbeveragehot beverag. get fort tied. >> yeah. i need more hot beverages at this point. >> it is feeling like a winter morning than late autumn. disturbance producing rain down to the carolinas well to our south. under the clouds we're not as cold. at least they held a little bit of the one from yesterday. 42, reagan national. eastern shore, northern neck. generally in the upper 30s, low 40s. farther west in montgomery county, arlington, fairfax and prince george's in the mid and upper 30s. much colder shenandoah. 7:00 a.m. mid-30s around the metro area. a little sun. hour by hour throughout the day. l
there are casting the first election day votes in the nation. in the first minutes of voting, president obama and republican mitt romney each had five votes in dixville notch. in harts location, obama received three votes, romney received nine. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. what we can expect is a very busy day at the polls. this is a presidential year. turnout is always good. we also have a hotly contested u.s. senate race, and we're one hour before the polls open. you can see we already have a small line forming here at this polling place in alexandria. are you looking to beat the crowds here this morning? >> i did beat the crowds this morning. >> reporter: you're the first in line. >> i am. been here since 4:30 this morning. >> reporter: what's your strategy? were you a little worried about what's ahead in terms of lines? is >> yes. i have two kids, and they're off from school today. so i had to get out early. >> reporter: and you are. you're number two in line. >> i'm thankful. >> reporter: and it's chilly out here. certainly, you're going to
to 7.8%. >> president obama, in highway when the jobs report comes out. the president will spend most of the day in the buckeye state. he'll speak to smaller crowds today and hold much larger ral es over the weekend. the president will hold a rally at jiffy lube alongside former president clinton and singer dave matthews. >>> the republican presidential nominee will start the day in wisconsin, and deliver hiss closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in suburbs of columbus and cincinnati. romney, campaigned across virginia yesterday. >>> nine more people diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroids injections, the center for disease control says almost 4 million cases reported in 19 states. the agency also dropped the death toll from the outbreak from 29 to 28, noting that virginia is reporting two deaths instead of three. one person died in maryland. the fda is investigating the pharmacy that made those tainted shots. >>> two stations closed this weekend because of track work. starting tonight at 10:00, rosalynn and arlington cemetery s
threatened to downgrade the u.s. credit rating unless president obama and congress reach a deal on a spending plan by the end of the year. japan's nikkei index lost 1.3% in early trading. south korea's main index also down more than 1% today. >>> and investors here in the u.s. hope the markets rebound from yesterday's free fall. the dow fell more than 300 points. the nasdaq and the s&p also suffered big losses. >>> new this morning, we've learned president obama will be making a ground breaking trip in two weeks. an official from myanmar says the president will visit on either november 18th or 19th. it will be the first ever visit to the country by a u.s. president. the obama administration is trying to encourage democracy in that country. the president is also scheduled to visit nearby thailand and cambodia that same week. >>> tony tull is at the news4 live desk now with breaking news. >> we are just getting word out of afghanistan about multiple deadly bombings by insurgents. in kandahar, a suicide bomber killed three police officers and wounded two others. and in the eastern part of the ci
says he and republicans are willing to work with president obama and democrats to reach a deal to avoid sweeping cuts and tack hikes. boehner warns that a deal won't come easily. >> we won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight and certainly won't do it in a lame-duck session of congress and it won't be solved by taking a plunge off the fiscal cliff. what we can do is avert the cliff in a manner that serves as a down payment on and a catalyst for major solutions enacted in 2013 to begin to solve the problem. >> speaker boehner says the deal could include new tax revenue to help reduce the national debt. >>> new this morning, we've learned president obama will be making a ground breaking trip in two weeks. an official from the southeast asian country of myanmar says the president will visit on either november 18th or 19th. it will be the first ever visit to that country by a u.s. president. the obama administration is trying to encourage democracy in that country. the president is already scheduled to visit nearby thailand and cambodia that same week. >>> crews are already
obama will begin the day in hilliard and also campaign in springfield and lima before returning to the white house. the president will visit northern virginia tomorrow and hold a rally at jiffy lube along with former president bill clinton and singer dave matthews. and mitt romney will deliver his closing arguments for why voters should elect him. he'll hold rallies in columbus and cincinnati. no republican has ever lost in ohio and gone on to win the election. >>> in madryland, polling centes open from 8:00 until morning until 9:00 tonight. early voting was supposed to end yesterday, but it was extended due to hurricane sandy. >>> traffic backed up for miles at bridges. how new yorkers are dealing with the gridlock to get around the city. >>> the contingency plans being made right now in jersey shore ahead of election day. >>> one of the nationals best players of the season is now a free agent. first baseman adam laroche declined a $10 million option order by the nets. he won his first gold glove earlier this week is looking for a multiyear deal and wants to stay in d.c. sean b
, including ambassador chris stevens. republicans have been criticizing the obama administration for not responding quickly enough to the violence outside the consulate. >>> david petraeus will testify before the house intelligence committee tomorrow. it was unclear until yesterday whether petraeus would still answer questions after his sudden resignation as cia director. his close friend said petraeus did not like conspiracies going around that he had something to hide. he will not answer questions about the sex scandal that cost him his job. >>> president obama is defending susan rice. republicans have criticized her for insisting the aing ta was sparked by anger over an anti-islam film despite the fact that it was a coordinated attack. >>> the fbi's top brass will spend a second day on capitol hill giving lawmakers were details about the investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation. fbi director robert muler and shawn joys met privately yesterday. one federal agent says paula broadwell sent e-mails to several high-ranking military officers in an attempt in undermine
. republicans accuse the obama administration of ignoring warning signs that could have prevented the tragedy. >> the people back at state here in washington continue to deny additional security, and they continue to do away with security that was already there. >> to put this, lay this at the doorstep of the president or the secretary of state or the united nations ambassador, you will find us ready and willing to resist to the teeth. >> petraeus' testimony will come one week after he resigned as head of the cia because of an extramarital affair. democrats and republicans say he is still credible when it comes to discussing national security. >>> the cia still plans on looking into petraeus' conduct. the agency is opening what it calls an exploratory investigation. nbc news has learned that acting cia director mike morrell ordered the investigation to make sure that petraeus did not use any agency resources improperly. the fbi has already cleared the general of mishandling classified information. the fbi says his mistress paula broadwell had classified information, but it came from researchi
landfall people up and down the east coast are still feeling the impact. today president obama is expected to meet with top aides and lawmakers to monitor the government's response to the storm. the storm is now blamed for 109 deaths in the u.s. crews and first responders from our area have been sent to some of the worst hit areas while 2.5 million people are still without power. more than half are in new jersey. >>> as the death toll rises and people continue to clean up new york mayor michael bloomberg has decided to cancel tomorrow's new york city marathon. people were outraged this week when bloomberg said the race would be a boost for the economy and inspire the city to move on after the storm. now though the race that brings 40,000 runners through some of the most damaged parts of the city is off. the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. countless drivers meanwhile have had to sit in long lines just to fill up their gas tanks. new jersey's governor chris christie has ordered gas rationing based on your license plate number. mean
. i'm back in ten. aaron, over to you. >>> president obama returns to the campaign trail today. he will visit wisconsin, colorado, and nevada. they will be his first campaign stops since focusing his attention on sandy, and that break might have actually helped him in this hotly contested presidential race. tracy potts is live on capitol hill now with more. good morning. >> reporter: we haven't seen the president out on the campaign trail since last weekend. take a look. back then, speaking and shaking hands, but today, we're going to see that again, as you said, in three different states. we've got some new poll numbers that show the president still in a very tight race with governor romney. nbc says he's up by six in iowa, but only three and two respectively in wisconsin and new hampshire, all of those within the margin of error. reuters, quinnipiac, some other big polls showing the same thing, especially in virginia and in florida. too close to call in those states, i should say. in those states, they're calling it a tie. meantime, governor romney is spending entire day today in
. most of europe's markets are also falling today. >>> president obama will use his first address since being re-elected to discuss the fiscal cliff. he won't likely offer a specific plan but will likely urge congressional leaders to work together to find a solution to the crisis. congress and the president have to reach a budget deal by the end of this year to avoid a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. that could trigger a spike in unemployment and send us back into a deep recession. >>> we may finally learn today whether president obama or mitt romney won in florida. election voters there are still counting ballots. it appears the president will win the sunshine state. he leads romney by 55,000 votes, and most of the outstanding ballots are from democratic leaning counties. the win would give president obama 323 electoral votes to romney's 206. >>> another george bush is preparing to run for office in texas. george p. bush completed paperwork to run for office in the lone star state. he is the nephew of former president george w. bush and the son of former florida governor je
/marist poll that shows president obama with a one percentage point lead over mitt romney among likely voters nationwide, 48%-47% right now. that is well within the margin of error of 2.5% for this poll. the same goes for one of the most critical swing states in this country. we're talking about virginia. the poll mirrors national results, the president leading mitt romney 48%-47%, again within the margin of error. the president holds a narrow lead in the battleground states of florida and ohio. >> thoese campaigns will battle for every last vote in virginia the final hours before election day. mitt romney will make two stops in the commonwealth. he'll stop by lynchburg before heading to george mason university this afternoon. the rally begins at 2:45 at the patriot center. doors open at 12:45. vice president joe pbiden will visit virginia today. he'll make two stops in richmond and sterling. he and his wife will be joined by senators jim webb and mark warner. tim kaine will also be there as well as singer john mellencamp. >>> volunteers are also getting out the vote in the commonwealth. supp
, the president and vice president will honor veterans day with men and women who served overseas. president obama and the first lady along with vice president biden and dr. jill biden will attend a breakfast with veterans at the white house. afterwards, they'll attend a ceremony at arlington national cemetery's tomb of the unknown soldier. it's one of just a host of events today honoring our nation's veterans. at mount vernon, a wreath will be placed at george washington's tomb to honor the nation's first commander in chief. there will also be a concert by a barbershop quartet. there will be a tribute at 1:00 and a similar service will take place at the same time today at the navy memorial. in gaithersburg, donald waylon will deliver remarks at the city hall concert pavilion at 11:00 this morning. >>> this morning, new details are emerging about the resignation of one of our country's most decorated veterans. turns out david petraeus was not the original focus of an fbi investigation. nbc's andrea michelle first broke the story. she says she has more on the fbi's in -- how the fbi inadvertently f
letter to president obama david petraeus who took over at the cia in 2011 wrote, after being married for over 37 years i showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extra marital affair. such behavior is unacceptable. b both as a husband and as a leader of an organization such as ours. petraeus resigns just days after his boss won re-election, but president obama accepted it, saying about petraeus and his wife holly i wish them the very best at this difficult time. >> a little too soon to tell today because of how sudden this was but for lack of a better term petraeus is a legend. he is one of the few generals in american history to get so much credit for so many things. >> reporter: petraeus had been scheduled to testify at house and senate hearings next week on the terrorist attack in september on the american embassy in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead including ambassador chris stevens. >> this is really probably the most politically uncomfortable, leaving aside the stuff with the affair, just on the benghazi question, the most politically uncomfortable moment
bridge. aaron, back over to you. >> danella, thank you. >>> president obama's first day back at work since being reelected. he will urge congress to avoid going over the fiscal cliffme. the president is not expected to offer a specific plan. instead, he'll tell both parties to put their differences aside. they must reach a budget by the end of the year to avoid a series of tax hikes and budget cuts. a grim picture offered of what will happen if we plunge off the fiscal cliff. the cbo warns we'd go back into a recession with the unemployment rate jumping to 9.1%. the report assumes that no budget deal will be reached for a while, which means the tax hikes and spending cuts would be in effect for the whole year. >>> one democrat is already looking ahead to next year's virginia gubernatorial race. terry mcauliffe says he's running for governor again. he lost the first time. lieutenant governor ken cuccinelli are also seeking the republican nomination. >>> just days after question seven was passed, there's already an effort to keep a new casino from being built in prince george's county.
this morning, president obama landed in thailand to kick off a four-day trip around southeast asia. the president will meet with the king and president of thailand and tour a local monastery. he'll visit myanmar. mr. obama will wrap up a trip with the stop in cambodia. >>> israel expanding its range of attacks on the gaza strip, including missile strikes against buildings that hamas media operations. israeli and palestinian forces continue to fire missiles back and forth. israel launched 200 missiles, killing at least 12 palestinians, thousands of israeli forces are awaiting possible orders to invade the region. >>> egypt's leaders are in the middle of this dispute, a cease-fire between the two sides is possible. mohamed morsi met with leaders of turkey, qatar, and the leaders of hamas there are no guarantees, but working to try to ensure a cease-fire. benjamin netanyahu says he's willing to discuss a cease-fire when hamas agrees to stop rocket fire from gaza. >>> thousands expected to march in washington, in opposition to the controversial keystone pipeline. the event organized by
of key senate charlie rose: will you endorse president obama? colin powell: yes. when he took over we were in one of the... worst recessions we had seen in recent times... close to a depression. and i saw, over the next several years, stabilization... come back in the financial community. housing is starting to pick up. the president saved the auto industry. and the actions he's taken with respect to... protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. and so, i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> a suicide bomber killed nine people and injured another 24 in baghdad. police say he detonated his explosives outside an army base there. we'll pass along more information as we get it. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. >>> there are big senate races today, including the slowdown between tim kaine and george allen in virginia. but claire mcaskill against republican congressmanned ed t akin. akin has made some controversial comments about legitimate race. despite that firestorm, akin says he i
. this comes a day after the dow fell 121 points over fears of the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama will address the fiscal cliff this afternoon. he will likely urge congressional leaders to work together to come up with a solution. here's what's at stake. congress and the president must reach a budget deal by the end of the year or will face a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. the nightmare scenario will see bush-era tax cuts expire and the alternative minimum tax kick in. that means more than half of all married couples with two children will have to pay an additional $4,000 a year in taxes. families with three or more children will owe $4,700 additional taxes. a temporary payroll tax cut would also expire. the most american workers will face a 2% tax increase. there will also be automatic spending cuts to a thousand government programs. >> and those spending cuts could have a devastating effect on northern virginia. a recent study found virginia could lose thousands of jobs because it has so many defense contractors and military agencies. virginia governor bob mcdonnell
money before taking off. fortunately, the victim not hurt. >>> new this morning, president obama in thailand, where he kicks off a four-day trip throughout southeast asia. the president holding a dual press conference with thailand prime minister. and he secretary of state hillary clinton visited a monday's tear, and president obama told the monks that he needs a lot of prayer to be able to solve the upcoming fiscal cliff. the president will also travel to myanmar, the first time a sitting president has visited that country. he'll wrap up a trip with a stop in cambodia. >>> to a developing story in the middle east. missile strikes against buildings that house hamas' media operation. israelis and palestinians have combined. firing more than 350 rockets at each other in the past 24 hours. thousands of israeli forces assembled near the gaza border awaiting possible orders toin said that region. egypt's lead errs in the middle of the dispute and say a cease-fire between the two sides is possible. mohamed morsi met with leaders in turkey and qatar and ahead of hamm as. there are no gu
plenty of cleanup to do, and today members of the obama administration will tour the damage. today homeland security secretary janet napolitano will visit fema's field office along with secretary of housing and urban development sean donovan. it comes a day after president obama toured the damage on staten island. >>> and incredible video shows what it was like in new york city just as sandy made landfall. the new york port authority just released this surveillance video of water gushing into the busiest subway stations. the storm sent 20-foot waves slamming into manhattan, seriously damaging the city's 100-year-old subway system. >>> the military is looking into what caused one of the most advanced fighter jets to go down on an air force base. the f-22 crashed yesterday on tindal air force base while returning from a training mission. the air force stopped flying the f-22 for several months after some pilots complained about becoming dizzy at the controls. they blamed the problem on a shortage of oxygen delivered to pilots. the air force was starting to lift flight restrictions on
palestinians were killed in the back and forth rocket attacks. >>> president obama is staying in touch with israeli and egyptian leaders during these attacks. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu called the president yesterday to provide an update. mr. obama also spoke with egyptian president morsi and praised his efforts to ease tensions in the region. the white house says president obama supports israel's right to teefd itself but that he wants td situation resolved quickly as possible. >>> today the president takes his first overseas trip since winning re-election. mr. obama will head to southeast asia for a four-day visit and attend a summit in cambodia as well as stop in thailand. he will be the first u.s. president to visit myanmar where he'll meet with democratic activist aung san suu kyi. >>> this morning leaders in congress say they are optimistic they can reach a deal that would avoid the upcoming so-called fiscal cliff. the president and house leaders showed confidence after a closed door meeting on capitol hill. the republican house speaker john boehner and democra
president obama is expected to meet with top aides and lawmakers to monitor the government's response to the storm. afterwards homeland security and fema directors will visit storm damaged communities. meantime the storm is now blamed for 109 deaths in the u.s. as people continue to clean up mayor bloomberg canceled tomorrow's new york city marathon. people were outraged this week when bloomberg said the race would boost the economy and inspire the city to move on after the storm. now, though, the race that brings 40,000 runners to the street is off. much of the marathon would have gone through some of the hardest hit areas and the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. >> relief could be on the way for the gas shortage. the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons of fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by sandy. people in new york and new jersey are having major problems getting gas. many stations are closed because of damage or lack of power leading to long lines that stretch for miles
. president obama and mitt romney split the town's ten votes. >>> lines already forming at some polling locations. news 4's megan mcgrath live in alexandria. lots of company because these folks are dealing with hot races in the commonwealth. >> reporter: absolutely. i would say we've got a couple of hundred people. they got here at 4:30 in the morning. this guy came about ten minutes ago. why come early? were you concerned about the lines later today? >> i have to get to work today, but i think it's very, very important the citizens get out and vote. it's our one chance to vote on how the future of our country is going to be. it's important we all get out here and do it. >> reporter: are you impressed or surprised? what do you think of the line? there's a couple of hundred people here. >> this is my first time actually voting in person. i retired from the military last year. this is a new experience for me. >> reporter: and the line just moved. you've got to go vote. thanks for joining us. you can see a lot of enthusiasm here this morning. virginia is one of the battleground states. pre
across the east coast. most of those averages are in the new york area. meantime, president obama saw the damage on the jersey shore firsthand. during the tour, the president pledged federal support for the long haul. >>> right now, local utility crews are close to restoring power to just about everybody who lost electricity during sandy. dominion virginia power has the most work ahead of it. about 3,100 of its customers still in the dark. pepco has restored power to virtually all of its customers, reporting just 13 without power. novak has restored power to all but about 380 of its customers. >> the lack of power is keeping several schools in our area closed. students from four schools will get another day off, lotion elementary, southern middle. chapel forge early childhood center in prince george's county is also without power. all schools in pendleton county are closed because of power issues. >>> there is still much to be done in the wake of hurricane sandy and some of the devastation is still unfolding. in woodbridge, new jersey, some 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked, it's mi
after the attack. michael morrel will answer questions behind closed doors today. president obama firing back at republicans who blasted susan rice's response to the attack in benghazi. they criticized her for insisting that the attack was sparked by anger over an anti-islam film despite the fact that it was a coordinated attack. senator john mccain is trying to block her if she is chosen to succeed hillary clinton. >>> benghazi hearings won't be the only major discussion on capitol hill. they will learn more about the fbi's investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation. robert mueller and shawn joyce will meet for a second straight day. paula broadwell september e-mail toss several high-ranking military officers in an attempt to undermine tampa socialite's reputation. she is friends with petraeus and it cost both some privileges. the military suspended the u.s. army security clearance and kelley's air force base pass. >>> the edge of the fiscal cliff is still a month and a half away but it is already spooking investigators on wall street. the dow posted its third triple digit l
's fully confident allen can lead. >>> this morning obama will likely be asked to comment on the petraeus scandal. that conference begins at 1:30. house minority leader nancy pelosi also holding a press conference today. the califoia law maker expected to announce whether she will run again to lead democrats in the minority. he was speaker of the house from 2006 to 2010. maryland's chris van holland is on the short list if pelosi left, but he's on the record saying he believes she will run again for that position. >>> today congress looks for answers in the deadly meningitis outbreak. leaders from the fda and the massachusetts department of health are expected to testify in today's hearing in front of the house energy and commerce committee. this comes after a report that shows federal health investigators wanted to shut down the massachusetts pharmacy linked to the outbreak back in 2002. the fda reports the pharmacy had multiple violations but stayed open on the promise it would work harder on improving work conditions. nearly 440 people became sick and 32 people in 19 states have died f
added 114,000 jobs, and unemployment rate fell from . % to 7.8%. >>> president obama will be in ohio when the jobs report comes out. the president will spend most of the day in the buckeye state prosecute returning to the white house tonight. the president returned to the campaign trail yesterday, visiting wisconsin, colorado and nevada. and those are his first events since sandy struck. mitt romney will spend part of today in ohio. he will start the day in wisconsin. he'll deliver what aides call his closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in columbus, and cincinnati. >>> today, your last chance to vote early in maryland. polling centers open from 8:00 this morning until 9:00 tonight. early voting was supposed to end earlier this week. it was extended through earlier today since polling centers were closed monday and tuesday. vote early through tomorrow in the district. polling centers open until 9:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. >>> good news for new yorkers in the dark after hurricane sandy. con edison, the utility company that serve much of manhattan says power sho
's spokesperson says the congressman knew about the relationship late last month, but president obama apparently didn't know about it until last thursday, when petraeus offered his resignation. >> this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> seems it's gone on for several months, and now it appears they're saying the fbi didn't realize until election day that general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add up. >> jill kelley and her husband released a statement last night asking for privacy right now. congress may still eventually call petraeus to answer questions about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, even though he's no longer head of the cia. petraeus was supposed to testify this week in front of the senate intelligence committee. acting cia director mike morrell will take his place. senator dianne feinstein, the committee's chairwoman, insists the resignation has nothing to do with the attack, which killed four americans. >>> president obama will meet with the labor and business communities before sit
are hosting a special veterans day breakfast with veterans and their families. later the obamas and the bidens will attend the roowreath layin ceremony at the arlington cemetery at the tomb of the unknown soldier. a nice crowd out today. we want to share with you later this morning a wreath is going to be laid at george washington's tomb at mount vernon. our first commander in chief. rockville, maryland, will honor its local vets with a ceremony in veterans park along rockville pike starting at 11:00 this morning, and also, donald wayland will deliver remarks in gaithersburg. >>> this morning, new details are emerging about the resignation of one of our country's most decorated veterans. turns out now david petraeus was not the original focus of an fbi investigation. andrea mitchell first broke this story. she has more on how the fbi inadvertently found out about the general's affair. >> reporter: general david petraeus tumbled from the highest levels of government service after act thcknowledgint he called unacceptable behavior, an extramarital affair. another woman not related to petraeus fe
and 29 palestinians were killed in the back and forth rocket attack. president obama is staying in touch with israeli and egyptian leaders. israeli prime minister netanyahu called the president yesterday to provide an update of the situation. mr. obama also spoke with egyptian president morsi and praised his efforts to ease tensions in the region. the white house says president obama supports israel's right to defend itself but that he wants the situation to be resolved as quickly as possible. >>> right now one of this year's most high profile charities is getting ready to demonstrate here in washington. supporters of the invisible children, the charity that made the viral video kony 2012 are attending a global summit at the washington convention center to press leaders on stopping joseph kony. he is the man said to be responsible for the kidnapping and murder of thousands of children and forcing them to serve in his lords resistance army. this afternoon the group will head to the white house with plans of surrounding the building. >>> today the president will head overseas for the first
. senators from maryland and west virginia among others sent a letter to president obama suggesting he add more to emergency assistance programs. >>> a mud slide has stranded people inside their homes near san francisco. a cast iron pipe attached to a water tank ruptured yesterday. it spent 40,000 gallons of water rushing out. crews are digging out cars from the mud. none of the mess got inside the home. >>> the premature birth rate in america is the lowest it's been in a decade. a report from the march of dimes pound the preterm birth rate in 2011 was 11.7%. the birth rate peaked at 12.8% in 2006. a baby is considered preterm if he or she is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. according to the march of dimes, the decline is thanks to actions taken by health officials to address prenatal health. >>> that morning cup of joe might just give you a brighter outlook on life. german researchers gave volunteers the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee. they were able to pick out positive words more quickly. the caffeine boost did not produce the same results when it came to negative word
as the president holds his first news conference since the election. president obama will also meet with business leaders to avoid the economic disaster. he sat down yesterday with labor leaders to get their input. the president will meet with congressional leaders to discuss the fiscal cliff on friday. and we'll carry the president's news conference this afternoon live at 1:30. >>> congress looks for answers into the deadly meningitis outbreak. lead erds from the fda and the massachusetts department of health are expected to testify at today's hearing in front of the house energy and commerce committee. this comes as a congressional report shows federal health investigators actually wanted to shut down the massachusetts pharmacy linked to the outbreak in 2002. the fda reports the pharmacy had multiple violations but stayed open on the promise that it would work harder on improving conditions. nearly 440 people became sick and 32 people in 19 states have died from the tainted injections, including in maryland and virginia. >>> also today on the hill house minority leader nancy pelosi holding a pr
with texas. a petition that has some challenging president obama's power. >>> also ahead, what we're learning this morning about plans to close a number of d.c. public schools. beep-bop-boop-bop boop-beep. [monotone] she says, "switch to progressive and you could save hundreds." call or click today. >>> goose hunting season begins in maryland. it will run four weeks. it does not open until mid-december. the limit for hunting canada geese is two per day during hunting season. including all counties, including carroll, charles, and prince george's county. >> you need to bundle up. >> i think hunters have that down pat. >> i figured. >> it's a process. let's check in with tom, though, to see just how cold it is right now. >> not cold enough for snow, but it is a chilly rain that's falling all throughout our region. it's advancing southwest to northeast. we had a cold front come through about 1:00 this morning. it kicked up the wind about 35 miles an hour. that knocked a lot of the leaves down, and they are down on sidewalks, side streets, and many of the roads. it is slippery. much of the rain i
information. >>> 6:05 right now. today president obama will begin negotiations with congressional leaders on perhaps the most important budget deal of his presidency. congressional leaders will meet with the president today at the white house. they're trying to keep the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. they have to reach a deal by the end of the year to avoid steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts that could send us into a recession. the president has already met with labor and business leaders this week to get their input on a potential spending plan. >>> the group that runs d.c.'s two major airports and the dulles toll road will face tough questions from congress today. a house committee wants more answers about a scathing audit of the metro washington airport authority. the report includes details of lavish spending on travel and contracts that were given to former board members. >>> wurn family relieved, another grieving after the verdict in the bowie state murder trial. alexis simpson was accused of stabbing her roommate dominique frazier last year. the two got in
the deficit. before the election, president obama said if re-elected, he thought he could get a deficit deal within six months. now the clock is ticking. >> thank you, tracy. >>> a 17-year-old girl managed to break free of her attacker after police say she was assaulted as she studied at a public library. patrons at the thomas jefferson library in falls church said they heard screams coming from a restroom just before closing tuesday night. the girl told police that she had seen the man staring at her while she worked in the library. she said when she ducked into the lady's room for safety, the man followed behind her. >> she yelled at him to get out and that sort of thing, and then he touched her and assaulted her and she screamed and called for help and kicked him. and he fled. >> the girl was not seriously hurt. >>> also in fairfax county, police say a ninth woman has reported being groped. all these acted happened in just the past two months. police believe the man in this sketch is potential for all nine attacks in springfield. the two latest incidents both happened last thursday within
fear that could plunge our economy into a deep recession. president obama will discuss the issue with congressional leaders on friday. >>> the man suspected of being the east coast rapist is expected to enter his first guilty plea in virginia today. aaron thomas is expected to take responsibility for the 2009 attack on three teenage trick or treaters in prince william county. he's accused of forcing them into the woods and raping two of them on halloween night. thomas is expected to enter a second guilty plea in loudoun county at the end of the month. both those cases carry life sentences. >>> rescuers saved one person in a house fire in the district. it broke out at the 1700 block of benning road northeast. firefighters say the fire started in the kitchen causing heavy smoke. three people were taken to the hospital. they're expected to be okay. >>> two cars struck and killed a 42-year-old woman trying to cross the street in prince george's county. it happened at the 3800 block of kenilworth avenue and bladensburg. the victim, mary harding, was not in the crosswalk at the time. n
to be a rough couple of months for the u.s. economy. >> president obama says he's willing to compromise to reach an agreement, but he insists america's top earners pay more in taxes. >>> it's approximately two weeks since hurricane sandy hit shore in the northeast. crews are still working to restore power to 120,000 homes in new jersey. 4,000 residents are still living in shelters. fema has approved more than $450 million in assistance. in the meantime, governor andrew cuomo plans to ask the government for $30 billion in disaster aid. >>> the federal red cross says it has received $117 million in donations to help the victims of sandy. the agency also says its response has been near flawless. some residents in certain areas disagree with that. they say the help has been sporadic and very difficult to find. >> red cross hasn't offered any assistance until yesterday. they take people's hard working money to assist people, and when push comes to shove, they don't assist. >> i think we are near flawless in this operation. i'm just so proud of everything that we are doing on the ground. >> the red cr
spending, and we did. >> president obama will sit down this week with members of labor and business communities to discuss his approach to avoiding the fiscal cliff. he'll meet with both parties in congress on monday. >>> senior firefighters pulled a victim from the c&o canal around 11:00 last night. it's not clear how he fell into the canal. at last check he was listed in critical condition. >>> d. firefighters trying to figure out what sparked flames at an apartment in northwest d.c. this was at the intersection of 14th and spring streets just before midnight. the crews arrived, the building was full of smoke. the fire started in the basement and was quickly put out. no one was hurt. >>> montgomery county firefighters trying to figure out what sparked this fire in dickerson, maryland. firefighters posted these photos on twitter. that home on bealsville road was engulfed in flame. we're told it was a total loss. no one was hurt. inch >>> lawyers for the imprisoned man in cuba have called for help. alan gross has spent more than two years in jail. he's lost 100 pounds and developed
of the loop until recently. >>> president obama may be working on filling more positions than just cia director. "the washington post" is reporting the president is considering senator john kerry as his next defense secretary. current secretary of defense, leon panetta, has not said if and when he will step down, but he has implied he probably won't step down until the next term. kerry is rumored to want to be the next secretary of state, but "the post" claims that ambassador rice, u.n. secretary to the united nations, is in line for that job. >>> a jet attack struck the rebel held region in syria near the turkish border, killing one person and injuring at least three others. turkey says the attacks are endangering their security. the violence has killed at least 36,000 people since the uprising against president bashar al assad's regime last year. >>> a rocket attack killed a 28-year-old man in afghanistan. rockets hit the northeast section of kabul overnight. it happened near an zbins service office building and a private tv station. insurgents occasionally launch rockets into the ci
campaigned just outside philadelphia last night. president obama still leads in most polls in the keystone state in pennsylvania has voted for the democrat in the last five elections. >>> new jersey's governor says he is still voting for mitt romney, chris christie reiterating his support for the republican nominee. chris christie has been one of mitt romney's biggest supporters but has praised the president for his commitment to safety. >> on tuesday i'm voting for mitt romney because i think he's done a great job, but it doesn't mean i can't turn to the president of the united states of america and say thank you, sir, for providing help in a crisis and to extend my hand of friendship to him. >> romney is extending his hand of friendship to christie as well. >>> d.c. voters are making their voices heard early and often in this election. a record 52,000 residents voted early this year. that is more than double the number of people who voted early in 2010 when early voting began in d.c. some voters had to wait in long lines, some two hours or more to cast their ballots. >> remember the news
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